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January 18, 2014 / dlw43

The Summer Day – Mary Oliver

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

May 30, 2013 / dlw43

T.H. White, The Once and Future King


“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” 

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

May 25, 2013 / dlw43

Ranier Maria Rilke – From Letters to a Young Poet

The experience of loving, that now disappoints so many, can actually change and be transformed from the ground up into the building of a relationship between two human beings, not just a man and a woman. And this more authentic love will be evident in the utterly considerate, gentle, and clear manner of its binding and releasing. It will resemble what we now struggle to prepare: the love that consists of two solitudes which border, protect, and greet each other.

 Ranier Maria RilkeFrom Letters to a Young Poet
December 19, 2012 / dlw43

Doc1 storytelling

December 19, 2012 / dlw43

Jenny Holzer


December 19, 2012 / dlw43

The Ghost of Christmas Future Perfect Passive

December 19, 2012 / dlw43

“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”

― Oscar Wilde

June 18, 2012 / dlw43

Explanation of “Begging the Question” by Dinosaur Comics

The Dinosaur Comics website:



Thank you for the explanation, Dinosaur Comics!

June 14, 2012 / dlw43

Sumo A Performance Event

Sumo: A Performance Event by Joycelyn Foye

Okay, how is it that I missed probably the only cool thing that has ever happened in Torrance?

I cannot explain how much glee this picture incites in me.

May 28, 2012 / dlw43

Video Enactment of Tobias Wolff’s short story “Bullet in the Brain” in two parts

“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff Part One of Two

“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff Part Two of Two

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